India and Nepal Trip Notes

India and Nepal

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016
India and Nepal
Trip code: HHKWC
Validity: 01 May 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Combine the best of India and Nepal in one superbly comfortable trip. Experience the colour and chaos of Delhi's bazaars, visit erotic temple carvings in Khajuraho and witness intimate displays of faith on the burning ghats of Varanasi. Roam the grounds of the iconic Taj Mahal, head out on a jungle safari and listen for the whispering prayer flags of Kathmandu. Throw in temple towns and village visits, lakeside retreats and mountain hikes, spiritual moments and local interactions for an unforgettable tour bursting with incredible adventures. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please note that due to ongoing construction works at Khajuraho Airport, many airlines have reduced the number of flights into and out of this airport. As a result we have had to reroute some trips between Khajuraho and Varanasi to an overnight train replacing the flight. Please be aware that while we will continue to do all we can to secure tickets on the limited flights available, this change may need to be made last minute to your itinerary. Your leader will notify you at the Group Meeting of any changes. All activities will continue to be included.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationFinishing point instructions
Is this trip right for you?Accommodation NotesEmergency contact
Why we love itMeals introductionVisas
MapMealsWhat to take
ItineraryMoney mattersClimate and seasonal information
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderHealth
Physical ratingSafetyTravel insurance
Included activitiesJoining pointA couple of rules
Important notesJoining point instructionsResponsible Travel
Group sizeFinish pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Your fellow travellersFinish point descriptionFeedback
Style
Comfort
Is this trip right for you?
- Between December and February flights and trains can be delayed in northern India due to fog, (but this just adds to the country’s atmospheric vistas).
- In the summer months Rajasthan can get very hot. Be sure to drink lots of water, pack light cotton clothing and use adequate skin protection.
- Please note there are several early mornings on this trip, allowing you to see more of the country in the captivating morning light.
- Nepali infrastructure is still returning to normal after last year's earthquake, so some delays are inevitable. Embracing the slow pace and meditative atmosphere will go a long way toward your enjoyment of these beautiful countries.
- The hotel in Bhaktapur is very centrally located, though not quite of the same standard as the other accommodation on this trip.
- Exploring Chitwan National Park's beautiful trails on foot requires a reasonable level fitness.
- This trip does not go to high altitude, so acclimatising will be relatively easy.
Why we love it
- Discover the man-made beauty that lies across the north of India – from Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Royal City Palace, Agra’s Red Fort and iconic Taj Mahal, to the palaces of Orchha and the carved steps leading down to the river in Varanasi
- Be immersed in the spirituality of India – the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, the ghats of Varanasi, Kama Sutra carved temples and Buddhist pilgrimage sites; evening prayer ceremonies, ancient bathing rituals and candle flower ceremonies on the Ganges
- Whether it's flying, hiking, driving or canoeing, this trip will let you experience Nepal's stunning natural beauty from all angles
- Witness world-class mountain scenery from heavenly viewpoint, with a breathtaking Everest flight
- Take a jeep safari and jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist Chitwan National Park, a beauty brimming with exotic bird life and game
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 New Delhi
Upon arrival you will be collected at the airport by one of our transfer representatives. Your Indian adventure will begin with an important meeting at 6 pm. You will find details of the meeting venue at the hotel reception.
Keep in mind that you will need your next of kin and insurance details with you at this meeting.
If you arrive early, you will have the opportunity to explore India’s capital - a bustling, exciting and often chaotic hub, filled with fascinating historical sites, galleries, museums and incredible bazaars.
There are a number of sites worth seeing in your free time. The 1570 Mughal masterpiece of Humayun’s Tomb is a World Heritage-listed site. It was the first garden tomb in India.
The tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar was crafted in the 12th century; it is a fascinating site to explore. You may also like to visit the mighty Red Fort of Delhi. This part-palace, part-fort has hosted a variety of guests ranging from British soldiers to royal families.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
    Accommodation
    Hotel Taj Princess or Similar (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast
    Day 2 New Delhi
    Join your group leader on an excursion into the sights and sounds of Old Delhi! Set off on the city's modern metro system, then get a taste of India's famed public transport with an option for a cycle rickshaw ride through chaotic streets, such as the famous Chandni Chowk. Make a visit to the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.
    Included Activities
    • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
    • Delhi - Jama Masjid
    • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
      Optional Activities
      • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
      • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
      • Delhi - Red Fort - INR500
        Accommodation
        Hotel Taj Princess or Similar (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast
        Day 3 Jaipur
        You will travel by express train into Rajasthan and on to its capital, Jaipur, today (approx. 5 hours).
        Here, traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches will make their way through crowded streets packed with cars, camel carts, rickshaws, trucks, and bicycles. You will also find bustling, brightly coloured bazaars filled with handcrafted textiles, folk art, and semi-precious stones, the local specialty. You will walk amidst the wonderful madness and discover the city for yourself. Jaipur is a favourite among travellers.
        You will then travel 11 kilometres out to the stunning medieval Amber Fort. This fort was built in 1592 by Maharajah Man Singh and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
        You will also stop for photos of the Hawa Mahal (or Palace of The Winds), which is the most photographed structure in India after the Taj Mahal.
        You will also see one of five astronomical observatories built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh.
        Continue to indulge in the wonders of Indian culture by watching a Bollywood blockbuster - a vivid combination of action romance, drama and music, at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.
        Included Activities
        • Jaipur - Walking Tour
        • Jaipur - Movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema
          Accommodation
          Hotel Ibis or similar (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 4 Jaipur
          For many travellers a hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day 4 between Sep & Jun. For additional information please see the important notes section of your trip notes.
          Travel out to the old capital of Amber and explore the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. Set in stunning surroundings on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture. One of its most spectacular buildings is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors). With its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors, the hall becomes a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match.
          Included Activities
          • Jaipur - Amber Fort
            Optional Activities
            • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
              Accommodation
              Hotel Ibis or similar (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Day 5 Agra
              Today you will journey across the plains of Rajasthan by private vehicle to reach Agra (approximately 6 hours). Agra is home to one of the world's most recognisable monuments, the Taj Mahal.
              You will be taken on a cycle rickshaw tour of the city, a wonderful way to uncover the best of Agra. (Please note that in the case of an unreasonably hot, or cold, foggy day, the cycle rickshaw tour will be replaced with a battery-powered rickshaw tour.)
              Next you will visit the spectacular Taj Mahal - a masterpiece of glistening marble set amid picturesque, formal gardens. This amazing 17th century marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his second wife, who died giving birth.
              Started in 1631, the project was completed in 1648 and employed a workforce of over 20,000 people. Construction materials were brought from all over India with the marble from Rajasthan transported by over 1000 elephants. The Taj has been described as a 'teardrop on the face of eternity' (by writer Rabindranath Tagore).
              You will also visit the nearby Agra Fort - a huge complex built originally as a military structure of red sandstone by Akbar in 1565, and partially converted into a palace during the time of Shah Jahan.
              Included Activities
              • Agra - Taj Mahal
              • Agra - Agra Fort
                Accommodation
                Howard Plaza Hotel or similar (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast
                Day 6 Orchha
                From the majestic Taj, you will travel by express train to Madhya Pradesh (approximately 3.5 hours). Upon arrival in Jhansi, you will be collected by automatic rickshaws and carried through traditional rural Indian landscapes to reach the beautiful town of Orchha. Here you will have the opportunity to uncover a very different side of India (approximately 45 minutes).
                You will make a stop at Taragram on the way to Orchha, one of our Responsible Tourism projects. Taragram is a paper making factory that enables local tribal women to work outside the realm usually afforded to them. The paper is crafted from wood pulp and recycled clothing.
                Included Activities
                • Orchha - Taragram visit
                • Orchha - Orientation walk
                • Orchha - Orchha Palace
                  Accommodation
                  Bundelkhand Riverside or similar (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 7 Orchha
                  Orchha is lovely town on the banks of the Betwa River. Initially a hunting area, Orchha has changed very little over the centuries. As the capital of Bundela, it was bestowed with a myriad of beautiful temples and palaces that belie its insignificant size.
                  You will visit the Orchha Palace that was built by Bir Sing Deo for his friend Jehangir, who was a great Mughal ruler.
                  Lastly, you will have the opportunity to be immersed in the flavours of the district’s culture with a cooking demonstration by the town’s local people.
                  Included Activities
                  • Orchha - Cooking demonstration
                  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
                    Accommodation
                    Bundelkhand Riverside or similar (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast
                    Day 8 Khajuraho
                    KHAJURAHO AIRPORT:
                    Please note that due to ongoing construction works at Khajuraho Airport, many airlines have reduced the number of flights into and out of this airport. As a result we have had to reroute some trips between Khajuraho and Varanasi to an overnight train replacing the flight. Please be aware that while we will continue to do all we can to secure tickets on the limited flights available, this change may need to be made last minute to your itinerary. Your leader will notify you at the Group Meeting of any changes. All activities will continue to be included.
                    Today you will explore Khajuraho, a place famed for its incredible 1000-year-old temples, untouched by foreign invaders for centuries thanks to Khajuraho’s remote location, far from any major historical or modern centres.
                    The temples are especially reputed for their explicit carvings that illustrate the entire Kama Sutra.
                    Built during the Chandela Dynasty 1000 years ago, over a 100 to 150 year period, these temples have become a source of great perplexity for Indians and foreigners alike. The British only rediscovered the temples in the late 19th century.
                    The reason behind their existence and more interestingly, the inspiration for the intricate, erotic carvings is open to wide interpretation. Some argue that the carvings, all located on the exterior of the temples, signified the act of leaving sexual desires behind upon entering the holy temples, while others think them descriptive learning tools for young boys in the area about life beyond religion.
                    You will go on a tour of the western temple complex.
                    You will also have the opportunity to see a performance at the famous classical dance festival that occurs here.
                    Before leaving the town you will visit the home of a local Hindu family, where you will enjoy a home-cooked meal and be immersed in the life of middle-class Indians.
                    Included Activities
                    • Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
                    • Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance
                    • Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
                      Accommodation
                      Usha Bundela or similar (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                      Day 9 Varanasi
                      From the wondrous temples of Khajuraho, you will take a short flight to the spiritual centre of Varanasi. At certain times of year this flight could be delayed due to heavy fog.
                      Varanasi is awash with shrines and temples, it is the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims; devotees travel from far and wide to experience this spiritual centre. Varanasiis recognised as one of India’s most inspiring cities. You will be overwhelmed with sensory wonder. From the labyrinth of narrow laneways packed with stalls and shops, and the dhobi wallahs and burning ghats, to the endless temples that echo with bells and chimes and the pungent aroma of incense. You will also bare witness to pilgrims performing ancient bathing rituals and ceremonies.
                      Included Activities
                      • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
                      • Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel Hindusthan International or similar (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 10 Varanasi
                        The day will start early with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, where you will pass a multitude of temples and ghats. This is one of our favourite activities in India and is sure to impress. There is nothing like watching the sun rise over the ghats while pilgrims come to the river to bathe. The rest of the day is free to further explore this timeless city.
                        Included Activities
                        • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat Ride
                          Optional Activities
                          • Varanasi - Sarnath day trip (entry only) - INR250
                            Accommodation
                            Hotel Hindusthan International or similar (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast
                            Day 11 New Delhi
                            You will have a free morning to explore Varanasi. You may like to wander through the ghats, or do some last minute shopping in the incredible bazaars.
                            You will then fly to Delhi (approximately 1.5 hours), with the rest of the day free to explore or do some last minute shopping. There will be an (optional) group farewell dinner organised for those interested.
                            Accommodation
                            Hotel Taj Princess or Similar (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast
                            Day 12 Kathmandu
                            After you check out of the hotel, you will say goodbye to your Indian tour leader at the airport and take a short flight to Kathmandu, Nepal.
                            Kathmandu is a mixture of ancient architecture and modern development and, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage, it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats and sacred cows.
                            As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change in Kathmandu. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary in the afternoon or evening of day 12 and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
                            Included Activities
                            • Kathmandu - Guided city tour
                            • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
                            • Kathmandu - Early Morning Everest Scenic Flight
                              Optional Activities
                              • Kathmandu - Day trip to Patan - NPR500
                              • Kathmandu - Durbar Square - NPR1000
                                Accommodation
                                Shangri La Hotel or similar (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast
                                Day 13 Kathmandu
                                In the early morning you will make an attempt at the Mount Everest scenic flight. This amazing experience will take you over Sagamartha National Park, through a crescendo of the highest peaks in the world, climaxing with getting up close to Mount Everest.
                                Late in the morning you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
                                You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.
                                Accommodation
                                Shangri La Hotel or similar (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast
                                Day 14-15 Pokhara
                                Today you will have an early departure from the hotel for your transfer to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport. From here you will fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are often spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north on this flight.
                                On arrival you will take a boat ride across the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. You will visit the Peace Pagoda, where you will enjoy excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, along with views back across to Pokhara.
                                You will also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum, where you will learn some amazing tales, and hear about the exploits of the various climbing expeditions in the past – some ending in triumph and some in tragedy.
                                You will also have a free day for further exploration in the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your tour leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities.
                                It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake. The lakeside area has great shopping opportunities and Internet cafés.
                                Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery.
                                Included Activities
                                • Pokhara - Phewa Lake Boat Trip
                                • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
                                  Accommodation
                                  Hotel Tulshi or similar (2 nt)
                                  Meals
                                  2 breakfasts
                                  Day 16-17 Bandipur
                                  In the morning you will drive to Bandipur. This traditional Nepalese settlement is a natural treasure and one of the hidden gems of Nepal.
                                  As tourism in Nepal developed along the main roads and airports, for over 30 years there simply was no road linking Bandipur to the main infrastructure, leaving it almost untouched by touristic influence.
                                  The village is saddled on a high ridge above Dumre, 700 metres beyond the Marsyangdi River Valley. It is gifted with an exceptional view of the Himalayan panorama. The surrounding hills are ideal for hiking along trails that will take you through tribal villages, verdant forests, 'power places', and hilltop shrines which once doubled as fortresses.
                                  You will fully explore this incredible settlement and take in the many opportunities to immerse in the culture of Nepal as it once was, enjoy the spectacular views, the incredibly maintained architecture and amazing trails.
                                  Included Activities
                                  • Bandipur - Guided walk
                                    Accommodation
                                    Kathmandu Guesthouse or similar (2 nt)
                                    Meals
                                    2 breakfasts
                                    Day 18 Chitwan National Park
                                    After breakfast you will be picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park (driving time: approx 4 hours). After arriving and settling in, you will be introduced to the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the program.
                                    There is some flexibility and activities may vary depending on the time of the year, and known wildlife movements and locations.
                                    A late afternoon safari will take you through forests and across grasslands to observe the varied and exciting wildlife in the park.
                                    In the early evening the local Tharu dance troupe may perform a cultural program. You will then enjoy dinner and afterwards you will be free to relax in the bar and discuss the day’s sightings or listen to the exotic sounds of the jungle at night.
                                    Included Activities
                                    • Chitwan - Jeep safari
                                    • Chitwan NP - Jungle walk
                                    • Chitwan-Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
                                      Accommodation
                                      Royal Park Hotel or similar (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Day 19 Chitwan National Park
                                      You will awake today to an early morning excursion. This could include either another safari to different parts of the park in search of the great Indian rhino, deer, and exotic bird life, or joining one of the other activities available at the park. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but these magnificent animals do inhabit the park.
                                      After breakfast you will leave the lodge for a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This is an exciting trip with chances to view marsh mugger crocodiles and various birds that inhabit the riverbanks.
                                      A program will be organised for you to fill the rest of the day, and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Royal Park Hotel or similar (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Day 20 Chitwan National Park - Bhaktapur
                                      If you are an avid wildlife lover, there is an optional early morning bird watching safari available today – a worthwhile addition to your trip.
                                      After breakfast you will drive on to Bhaktapur, which was once the capital of Nepal and the Great Malla Kingdom during the 15th century. Its rich heritage, inspiring temples and artisanal history played a big part in Bhaktapur being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                                      Enjoy an evening of exploration on your own, soak up the incredible atmosphere in one of the local cafes, or just relax in your hotel.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Kathmandu Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Day 21 Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
                                      Spend the day exploring Bhaktapur’s famous temples, starting at Durbar Square, which is reputed to be the most beautiful piece of art in Nepal. Durbar Square is home to the majestic Lion Gate and Golden Gate. You will also visit the Pashupati Temple, a replica of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. This will be an enlightening morning of discovery and enrichment, as you truly delve into all Bhaktapur has to offer.
                                      In the afternoon you will drive to Kathmandu (driving time: approx 2 hours). The evening will be free but the group leader will usually organise an evening meal (optional) at another of Kathmandu’s great restaurants.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Shangri La Hotel or similar (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Day 22 Kathmandu
                                      Your trip officially comes to an end after breakfast today. Your tour leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Itinerary disclaimer
                                      ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
                                      Physical rating

                                      Included activities
                                      Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
                                      Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
                                      Delhi - Jama Masjid
                                      Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
                                      Jaipur - Walking Tour
                                      Jaipur - Movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema
                                      Jaipur - Amber Fort
                                      Agra - Taj Mahal
                                      Agra - Agra Fort
                                      Orchha - Taragram visit
                                      Orchha - Orientation walk
                                      Orchha - Orchha Palace
                                      Orchha - Cooking demonstration
                                      Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
                                      Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
                                      Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance
                                      Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
                                      Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
                                      Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony
                                      Varanasi - Sunrise Boat Ride
                                      Kathmandu - Guided city tour
                                      Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
                                      Kathmandu - Early Morning Everest Scenic Flight
                                      Pokhara - Phewa Lake Boat Trip
                                      Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
                                      Bandipur - Guided walk
                                      Chitwan - Jeep safari
                                      Chitwan NP - Jungle walk
                                      Chitwan-Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
                                      Important notes
                                      1. All flights as part of the itinerary are included in the tour cost for this trip.
                                      2. A complimentary arrival transfer is included. Please advise us of your flight details at time of booking.
                                      3. Please note that due to ongoing construction works at Khajuraho Airport, many airlines have reduced the number of flights into and out of this airport. As a result we have had to reroute some trips between Khajuraho and Varanasi to an overnight train replacing the flight. Please be aware that while we will continue to do all we can to secure tickets on the limited flights available, this change may need to be made last minute to your itinerary. Your leader will notify you at the Group Meeting of any changes. All activities will continue to be included.
                                      4. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
                                      5. Please ntoe this is a combination of two of our most popular trips. The make up of your group and leader may change in Kathmandu.

                                      Group size
                                      Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                                      Your fellow travellers
                                      GROUP TRAVEL
                                      As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                      SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                      Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Guesthouse (3nt), Heritage Property (2nt), Hotel (14nt), Lodge (2nt)
                                      The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                                      Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                                      If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
                                      Meals introduction
                                      While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                                      Indian cuisine caters very well towards vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a veg section on the menu. If in doubt please check with your tour leader.
                                      Meals
                                      22 breakfasts, 1 lunch
                                      Money matters
                                      The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).

                                      The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns.

                                      Look for Bank of India or ICICI ATM's. Our experience has shown they are the most reliable ATM's to use for withdrawals. Your tour leader should be able to direct you to these banks.

                                      Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful.

                                      The use of credit cards can be restricted, mainly to major hotels, shops and establishments.

                                      The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR).

                                      ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.

                                      The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.

                                      While travellers' cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travellers' cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.

                                      Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

                                      All international departure taxes should be included in your flight ticket.

                                      On this trip, we have included gratuities for the essential services that you will receive as part of your tour package. This will cover tips to drivers, specialist local guides (where applicable), restaurant staff for included meals, porters, bellboys and other hotel staff, including room-cleaning staff.

                                      This amount DOES NOT include a tip for your tour leader, so you may wish to set aside some funds for this. It is customary to tip your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip.

                                      You also wish to put aside some money for your own tipping, such as when you are doing our own optional sightseeing or activity that involves local guides and/or drivers or when joining in optional groups meals or dining out on your own. In these instances, we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. The amounts can vary greatly according to destination, so we suggest that you ask your tour leader to give you guidance on what are appropriate amounts to tip.

                                      Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

                                      For most of your trip the only additional expense will be the purchase of alcoholic beverages on board the Nemo II. Souvenir shops and internet cafes can be found in Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela.

                                      Below is a list of approximate costs for onboard beverages. At the start of the voyage staff will create a tab for each traveller and payment is finalised on the last evening.

                                      All prices are quoted in US$.
                                      Cocktails $6-$8
                                      Wine* $30-$40
                                      Spirits $6-$10
                                      Beers $3-$5
                                      Softdrink $1.50-$3

                                      *Red, white and sparkling wines are available to purchase by the bottle.

                                      Please refer to the tipping section for additional information with regards to recommended amounts for tipping.

                                      NATIONAL PARK AND TRANSIT CARD FEES
                                      Before you check-in for your flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands you will need to purchase a US$20 transit card [which you will need to hold on to as you will need to present it on your return from the Galapagos].

                                      On arrival in the islands you will purchase the Galapagos National Park entry fee, US$100.

                                      Please make sure you have clean, unmarked notes to pay these fees.

                                      EMERGENCY FUNDS
                                      Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

                                      Budget for meals not included: 180.00
                                      Group leader
                                      All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

                                      Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                                      Safety
                                      WOMEN'S SAFETY:
                                      Women should exercise caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. While the risk of an incident occurring on your trip is very low, below are some things you can do for your safety and peace of mind when travelling:
                                      - Respect local dress codes and customs, perhaps dressing more conservatively than you do at home
                                      - Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, unlit city streets and village lanes when alone at any time of day
                                      - Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night
                                      - If you have to use a taxi get them from hotel taxi ranks and use pre-paid taxis at airports. Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street. Some cities (including Delhi and Chennai) have special taxi services for women with women drivers
                                      - If you’re being collected at the airport by a driver make sure they have properly identified themselves before you set off. When leaving your compartment on overnight trains (ie. going to the bathroom), ask a male travel companion to accompany you where possible

                                      For further information and advice, visit:
                                      www.gov.uk/government/policies/supporting-british-nationals-overseas/supporting-pages/advice-for-women-travellers
                                      www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/women.html

                                      PERSONAL BELONGINGS:
                                      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                      FREE TIME:
                                      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                      FESTIVALS
                                      Travelling in India and Nepal during Holi can at times be unsafe - drinking and drug use is more widespread during this holiday. Your leader/guide will advise your group on what places to avoid on this day.
                                      It may be necessary to alter your itinerary for the day.

                                      Diwali (a lunar festival generally held from mid October to mid November every year) is celebrated by local people letting off fireworks in the street. It can be very noisy for several days with extra pollution caused by fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid large crowds gathering and using fireworks.

                                      PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                      While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.



                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/women-safety-india

                                      Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                      For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                                      INTERNAL FLIGHTS:
                                      There have been a number of recent air accidents in Nepal. We only use airlines that have passed strict safety audits for internal flights on this trip, including Buddha Air, Yeti Air & Tara Air. EU clients please see our safety page for important information regarding internal flights in Nepal.

                                      HERITAGE HOTELS:
                                      Auf dieser Reise werden Sie in einigen Heritage Hotels und traditionellen Gasthäusern nächtigen. Sie gehören zu den besonderen Erlebnissen der Reise, dennoch entsprechen ihre Treppenaufgänge, Balkone und Durchgänge nicht immer westlichen Sicherheitsanforderungen. Bitte erwarten Sie in solchen Unterkünften auch keine Fahrstühle, da diese Gebäude in ihrem ursprünglichen Zustand erhalten werden.

                                      SEAT BELTS:
                                      Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                                      TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                      Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
                                      Joining point
                                      Hotel Taj Princess
                                      15 A/25 WEA Ajmal Khan Road Opposite Jesa Ram Hospital
                                      Karol Bagh
                                      New Delhi
                                      110005
                                      INDIA
                                      Phone: +91 11 2574220
                                      Joining point instructions
                                      Delhi's Indira Gandhi's International Airport is approximately 25km from Karol Bagh. One of the biggest airports in the world, it can be quite chaotic and can take some time to process your visa and collect your luggage.

                                      The taxi ride from the airport to our starting point hotel takes approx 1 hour and costs between INR 500 - 600 (prepaid traffic police booths).
                                      IMPORTANT: Please avoid taxi touts who tell you that they have a metered taxi parked outside the airport. Previous passengers have complained that they have been charged hefty amount for the transfers.

                                      The Delhi metro is another option from the airport. Trains depart between approx 5am and 11:30pm, the trip takes approx. 45 mins and costs around INR100. Please refer to the metro map for lines, changes and directions to Karol Bagh where most of our hotels are located. http://delhimetrorail.info/delhi-metro-map

                                      Alternatively Intrepid offer a pre-arranged transfer service option. Enquire with your agent and advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure. If you have purchased an arrival transfer you will be met in the arrivals hall after clearing customs, your representative with sign board will be standing near the Costa Coffee next to gate no 5.

                                      Please do not exit the gates, Costa coffee is just before the exit gate no.5.

                                      If you have any problems and cannot locate our representative, or if your flight is delayed please call the following 24 hour numbers:
                                      +91 9911 972 636
                                      +91 9999 005 019

                                      If you do not have a mobile phone, there are public phones next to Costa Coffee. Calls cost 1 rupee per minute

                                      Failing the above please take a taxi to the hotel (using the instructions below) and advise your group leader. When you walk out of the exit door, you will easily be able to spot popular metered taxi counters such as Meru Cabs/Mega Cabs or Easy Cabs, show them your drop location and pay them as per the meter once you get to your hotel.

                                      Check in time at hotel is 12 midday
                                      Finish point
                                      Kathmandu Guest House
                                      Chaksibari Marga
                                      Thamel
                                      Kathmandu
                                      NEPAL
                                      Phone: +977 14700632
                                      Finish point description
                                      The first ever hotel in Thamel, and used to be a 'Rana' mansion. It is located right in the centre of Kathmandu and boasts a famous garden, courtyard restaurant and 24hr security including CCTV. Please note, as the name suggests, this is a guest house with over 100 rooms, rather than a hotel and the rooms are generally small and basic.
                                      www.ktmgh.com/
                                      Please note that post 2015 earthquake the old wing of the Kathmandu guesthouse has been demolished and building has commenced on a new section of the hotel. While there is building work continuing, we do not foresee it diminishing from your stay.
                                      Finishing point instructions
                                      A taxi to the airport will cost about NPR600 from 6am-8pm and NRP800 from 8pm-6am. Hotel reception or your leader can help you organise a taxi.

                                      Alternatively Intrepid offer a pre-booked transfer service - enquire at the time of booking.

                                      Normal check out time is 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
                                      Emergency contact
                                      For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                                      For transfers and accommodation issues, Intrepid's India office can be reached on their 24 hour numbers:
                                      +91 9599 914 852 or +91 9999 005 019

                                      In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on: +91 9599 914 852

                                      For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                                      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                      Nepal Emergency contact: +977 980 112 3617

                                      Intrepid Emergency contact: +91 9599 914 852 , +91 9999 005 019
                                      Visas
                                      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                      As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                                      Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                      INDIA:

                                      An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.

                                      https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

                                      An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following

                                      Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

                                      Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India.

                                      Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.

                                      - Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).

                                      - E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

                                      - Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal are required to apply for a visa in advance their home country. Visas will not be issued on the Nepal/Indian border.

                                      - The E-Tourist Visa DOES NOT apply to travellers entering India overland. Please check your trip notes if you are crossing a border between India and Nepal.

                                      - Indian visas are difficult and time consuming to obtain in Nepal.

                                      Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.

                                      For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :

                                      PEAK India
                                      25/3 East Patel Nagar
                                      New Delhi 110008
                                      Phone: +91 11 4500 6400

                                      Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.

                                      NEPAL:
                                      All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet).

                                      Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at time of writing:

                                      - Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
                                      - Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40
                                      - Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$100

                                      Please note if you are staying in Nepal for less than 24 hours while in transit a transit visa can be issued on presentation of your international flight ticket, there is a nominal charge of US$5 and one photo is required.

                                      Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful.
                                      What to take
                                      PASSPORT COPY:
                                      Please bring a photocopy of your passport main page and airline ticket if you will require airline reconfirmation at the end of your trip.

                                      TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT
                                      It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas inside the bus or your cabin. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

                                      LUGGAGE STORAGE
                                      Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage during included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it's advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.

                                      WATER BOTTLE:
                                      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

                                      LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES ON INTERNAL FLIGHTS:
                                      India:
                                      Please note luggage allowances on included flights are up to 15 kilos checked baggage and 5 kilos hand luggage. Any excess luggage charges are to be paid to the airline upon check in.

                                      Nepal:
                                      Please note luggage allowances on included flights are 10 kilos checked baggage and 5 kilos hand luggage due to flight baggage restrictions. Surplus baggage can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu.
                                      Climate and seasonal information
                                      MONSOON SEASON:
                                      Between June and August, it is monsoon season in Nepal. If you do choose to travel during this time, please note that you will encounter wet conditions, obscured views, and an extra leech or two. Flights to and from Lukla are also more likely to be delayed due to the weather.

                                      NEPAL STRIKES:
                                      Kathmandu Valley-wide transport bandhs (strikes) can be called at very short notice. When these bandhs are in place the Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association run Shuttle Bus Services between various hotels in Kathmandu and the domestic and international airports; this service costs 300 rupees person.

                                      TRAIN CANCELLATIONS:
                                      Please note that in the months of December and January, heavy fog and hostile weather conditions do lead to train cancellations. In that case we take air-conditioned transport overland (approx 10 hrs).
                                      Health
                                      All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                      You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
                                      Travel insurance
                                      Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                      When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.

                                      If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                      Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                                      A couple of rules
                                      Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                      Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                      Responsible Travel
                                      ELEPHANT PERFORMANCES & ELEPHANT RIDING:
                                      While we respect each individual’s decisions while travelling, Intrepid does not include elephant rides or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary, and we recommend you bypass these activities should they be offered to you during your stay. Professional wildlife conservation and animal welfare organisations, including the World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for protection of Animals) advise that contrary to common belief, captive elephants remain wild animals and despite good intentions, unfortunately many venues are unable to provide the appropriate living conditions elephants require and this ultimately impacts their well-being. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards keeping the elephants and their mahouts employed, we know that it also fuels demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive bred. We thank you for your support in improving the welfare of these majestic creatures. Further information is available on the below link:

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/rt/51033_Elephant_Welfare.pdf

                                      We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                      The Intrepid Foundation
                                      Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                      The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                      http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                      Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in India include:

                                      * Pollinate Energy is a social business with a simple mission – to improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to affordable, clean energy products. Pollinate identifies and trains local people, their Pollinators, who have provided solar lights and cook stoves to over 8,000 families and counting.
                                      pollinateenergy.org

                                      * Asha Ka Jharna (AKJ) provides services to disabled children and adults. They run three special schools, currently assisting around 160 children, and an old-age home for the short-stay of elderly people. AJK also provides vocational training, participates in diagnostic camps and distributes aids and appliances to physically disabled persons.
                                      ashakajharna.org/

                                      For more information, or to make a donation please visit: www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/?projectcountry=india

                                      Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Nepal include:

                                      *just-one
                                      just-one targets disadvantaged children living in dangerous and vulnerable situations on the streets and provides them with training and educational opportunities that bring greater economic security to themselves and their families. Your support through The Intrepid Foundation will assist them in developing their current facilities to include an activity centre and library at their rehab home, and help them build capacity to reach an even greater number of disadvantaged children.
                                      www.just-one.org

                                      *Seven Women works to economically and socially empower marginalised women in Nepal through literacy programs, skills training and income generation.
                                      www.sevenwomen.org

                                      *The Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal (HRA) provides much needed medical and emergency evacuation assistance and treats many cases of severe mountain sickness.
                                      www.himalayanrescue.org

                                      For more information on our projects in Nepal, or to make a donation, visit: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/?projectcountry=nepal

                                      Feedback
                                      After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback